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Please notify us in advance of your appointment if you’re sick or have been exposed to anyone with Coronavirus so we can prepare for your arrival.

Thank you for visiting Great Smokies Family Medicine. We provide complete medical care for pediatrics to adults, including treatment of acute illnesses and chronic conditions, wellness exams, and patient education. Our office is led by family and internal medicine physicians Christopher Palmer, MD and David Vastine, MD, who have more than 20 years of medical experience. They are supported by certified family nurse practitioner Jessica Payne, FNP-BC and Jessica Trentham, FNP-BC. Our office is affiliated with LeConte Medical Center and is a proud member of Covenant Medical Group and Covenant Health.


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Great Smokies Family Medicine provides complete care for your whole family, including:

  • Treatment of acute illnesses
  • Management of chronic health conditions
  • Wellness exams
  • Patient education on wellness and disease prevention

Click here for a complete list of our primary care services.

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At Great Smokies Family Medicine, our patients deserve excellent care. That’s why we pledge to put our patients first every day, and strive for excellence in everything we do.

Not a patient? We want to be your primary care team. Call (865) 446-9500 to make an appointment.

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Covenant Health has updated visitation guidelines for our member hospitals, effective March 30. We continue to screen visitors for COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival and masks must be worn in all Covenant Health facilities. For details visit CovenantHealth.com/current-visitation-policy. Thank you for helping us keep our patients, visitors and employees safe! ... See MoreSee Less
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Knoxville-area hospitals – Blount Memorial Hospital, Covenant Health, East Tennessee Children's Hospital, Tennova Healthcare and UT Medical Center – are honored to share words of thanks from our patients to the doctors, nurses and health care workers who are the heart of our health systems. Special thanks to our doctors on Doctors’ Day, March 30!#ThankYouDoctors #DoctorsDay2021 #ThankYouHealthcareHeroes ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy Doctors' Day! Our physicians play a vital role in healing and caring for our patients. So, today and every day, we want to thank you for everything you do to put our patients first! ... See MoreSee Less
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Covenant Health of East Tennessee
President and CEO Jim VanderSteeg shares a special message of gratitiude to Covenant Health's employees for leading the effort to protect our communities against COVID-19. ... See MoreSee Less
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We're proud to be here for you when you need it most!When Janet and her husband Jack visited the mountains, they never expected to end up at LeConte Medical Center. However, after a fall while shopping, Janet found herself having surgery to repair her broken femur. While the fall and surgery have prevented her from returning home to Dyersburg, TN, she was extremely thankful for all the nurses and doctors who provided her with “excellent care.” Janet noted that it wasn’t just one doctor or one nurse, but instead, it was the entire LeConte Medical Center staff that was in her words, “friendly and helpful” with anything she needed.We also want to take a moment to thank Janet and her husband, Jack, for being such a blessing to us. ... See MoreSee Less
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Great Smokies Family Medicine News

  • Telephone, Telehealth, and Patient Portal Messaging Available During COVID-19

    To ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff from the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19), whenever possible, we’re recommending telephone, telehealth (Doxy.me) and direct messaging with your providers via MyCovenantHealth. This service is for established AND new patients. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about these types of visits: How are 

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